Barbados Jail Builder Has A Record For Bribing Politicians To Gain Government Contracts
The FBI wants to know why oil services company VECO Corp. won federal contracts worth $170 million to provide the National Science Foundation with polar and arctic research support, despite having no experience in the field, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
VECO captured a lucrative five-year NSF contract in 1999 to provide logistics and support for polar research, although it had no previous experience in that field. During the same time period, Veco’s top executive managed renovations that doubled the size of the longtime Republican senator’s Girdwood home — the scene of a July 30 FBI raid.
VECO became of interest to Barbadians when it was revealed that one of the Alaskan politicians bribed by VECO had expected to gain a position with the new Barbados Jail as part of the bribe for passing legislation of benefit to VECO.
Despite the cost of the Barbados Jail having more than tripled since it was announced, and despite VECO’s corporate culture of corruption and taped FBI evidence showing a corrupt Alaska politician had been offered a position at the new Barbados Jail, Barbados Attorney General Dale Marshall cleared the company of any wrong-doing in Barbados after a 30 minute meeting.
Neither the Attorney General nor anyone else from the Owen Arthur government has explained how it was that VECO was awarded the jail-building contract when that company had no experience in the field – or why the jail is almost 300% over budget.
Barbados Free Press tried to reach the Attorney General for comments, but he was busy on his NEW YACHT.